The economic doldrums are having a hard time sullying the teflon-coated sales numbers of Holden Special Vehicles, the division that serves the same purpose within Holden that AMG does within Mercedes-Benz. Despite a slump in purchases of large sedans that has affected General Motors' standard Holden Commodore and savaged the Ford Falcon, the pricier and thirstier HSV models are, according to the division's CEO Phil Harding, doing fully 20 percent of Ford Falcon sales. Note, that's not 20 percent of Ford Performance Vehicle sales, the Blue Oval's competitor to HSV, it's to the basic Falcon. It would be like the BMW M5 doing one fifth of Mercedes-Benz E-Class volume.

Naturally, the people in charge at HSV are happy about this. It's true that sales numbers have come down, but Harding said the business case was built on the line's current sales. For now, the brand is "in the black" and "stronger than we've ever been as a business for investing in our future." The previous high flying numbers were a bonus that have helped pay for the work on the HSV version of the VF Commodore that will appear in Q2 next year. And on that note, if HSV could arrange to have that car shipped this way as well alongside the Chevrolet SS Performance, we'd be most grateful.


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      drewbiewhan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This article gave me a headache when I read it.
        Keldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drewbiewhan
        Hahaa exactly. Can someone get an interpreter in here please?
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      AB butchers another article.
      Seth
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, as least someone figured out Holden isn't part of Ford as the story is being edited on the fly to almost make sense.
      goa
      • 2 Years Ago
      What percentage of Commodore sales?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goa
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      Seth
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like I spoke too soon... "Despite a slump in purchases of large sedans that has affected the standard Holden Commodore and savaged the Ford Falcon, the pricier and thirstier HSV models are, according to the division's CEO Phil Harding, doing fully 20 percent of Ford Falcon sales." That's quite a feat that Holden vehicles are doing 20% of Ford's sales considering Holden is owned by GM. Maybe the editors should take another few whacks on making this story comprehensible. Maybe their HSV sales are equal to 20% of the number of Ford Falcons sold, but they're not accounting for 20% of Ford Falcon sales (which is how it reads).
      CJ_S4
      • 2 Years Ago
      FPV is the Australian performance division for Ford; HSV for Holden. The cover photo is an HSV Commodore fka the Pontiac G8 (minus the performance and body parts)
      • 2 Years Ago
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      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get rid of the black front cladding that looks like the Lexus spindle grille (Falcon has lots of the cheap black stuff as well). And those LED strips in the fake or air vents under the headlights? Tacky! Why is there chrome covering the top of the nostrils? And I can only hope those hood vents are functional. The nuclear sign inspired wheels look just as blingy, and with all of the visual drama going on, the headlights look like an afterthought. I hope the SS addresses all of these issues based on the next HSV Commodore, because compared to Australians, even America has a more matured taste. You can make a sedan look mean and aggressive without driving it through the clearance section of an auto customization store. Then again, it would be good to have a cheap, spacious RWD V8 muscle sedan available to buy even if it looks like that.
      billpendry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Pontiac G8 got in wreck with one of the new Lexus's... and then went to SEMA
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just look at those beasts. Can someone tell me again why GM or Ford won't give us cars like this here in America??
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        Because Americans overwhelmingly buy Camrys, Accords, Altimas, Fusions, Malibu(s) and Sonatas. Large RWD sedans are a niche market product, and the HSV is a niche of that niche. There really is no sound business case for large RWD cars outside the premium class. Premium class = S-Class, 7 Series, Lexus LS, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Maserati, Jaguar.
          Josh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          No. It's because the nobody can beat the Germans at their game. Why would I buy a notoriously no cache GM RWD vehicle when for only a few thousand more I can get myself into a BMW or Mercedes? You want rear drive in the US? You're stuck with a childish pony car. Adults want practicality yadda yadda at least that's what the latest deck from that new MBA chick in strategy said.
          BahamaTodd
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Chrysler 300? Charger?
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          The 300 and Charger aren't really premium and judging how they are selling, there is more than enough of a business case and for some car buyers it is more than a niche.
          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sir Duke
          Thanks!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
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          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          The rope was already around Pontiac's neck when the G8 was introduced, and everyone knew it. It didn't have a chance. We'll see what happens when the SS is introduced.
        BahamaTodd
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        We'll be getting the refreshed HSV Commodore next year with the LS3 - the Chevy SS.
        EJD1984
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        There seems to be a corporate corporate mentality amongst the Detroit Three, that they're reluctant to sell a vehicle in significant numbers here in North America that wasn't designed and/or manufactured here here. It was a miracle that the GTO, G8 and Caprice made it. Though it seems like GM might be waking up a little with the Chevrolet SS. I just hope they offer more than just 5,000 units a year - To prevent dealer price gouging.
        Cooperaaaron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Keldon
        I don't know for sure, but I thought the current Mustang was formed off of the same platform that the Lincoln LS was built on.... and that was RWD.... I am sure Ford has kicked themselves in the rear for not continuing down that path.... a 4 door RWD car.... oh what could have been.... anyone out there tossed a Mustang engine into one of those old LS's ????
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The previous high flying numbers were a bonus that have helped pay for the work on the HSV version of the VF Commodore that will appear in Q2 next year. And on that note, if HSV could arrange to have that car shipped this way as well alongside the Chevrolet SS Performance, we'd be most grateful." The SS Performance IS the VF Commodore.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Yes, the Chevy SS is based on the VF HOLDEN Commodore SS. I think what they are trying to say is to find a way to bring the HSV version of the VF Commodore over here as well. Think of it this way, the Commodore SS is to the HSV GTS (Clubsport being less fancy) as the Charger R/T is to the Charger SRT8 (Super Bee being less fancy). The first is a sedan with good handling and good power while the second is a step beyond that by adding more power and increasing the handling capabilities of the car while keeping a nice interior (the third is the same as the second minus the fancy leather and magnetic suspension). Yes the HSV GTS does has magnetic suspension and a Chevy SS based on the HSV version of the Commodore would have it too. Another reason we want the HSV version over here in one way or another.
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a hot mess! That front end is waaaay too busy. Holden styling is either gross or boring....or sometimes BOTH like the GTO was.
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